Defensive game ball: The Falcons want takeaways. Jaylinn Hawkins gave them another one. The free safety had his second interception in as many weeks when he picked off Tua Tagovailoa in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. The Dolphins were driving for a go-ahead touchdown while trailing 10-7. Instead, the Falcons used the little time left for a 36-yard field goal from Koo for a 13-7 lead at intermission for a 10-point swing.
Key stat: Ryan completed 25 of 40 pass for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Nine different receivers caught passes for the Falcons. Russell Gage hauled in a 49-yard completion for a touchdown. Calvin Ridley had the other score.
Biggest takeaway: The Falcons got the draft pick right. While there was so much talk about the team selecting a quarterback with the No. 4 pick to succeed Ryan, the organization couldn’t pass up on Pitts. It was a wise move, especially after the departure of Julio Jones. Pitts is paying dividends each week as he becomes acclimated to the NFL.
They said it: “On defense, obviously you want to stop them. But on offense you want the mindset of good, give us the ball, give us a chance and we’ll go down there and close it out.” — Falcons head coach Arthur Smith on game-winning drive
Next up: The Falcons return to NFC South play by hosting the Panthers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.